Top 10 life Lessons from Confucius

During history, you can find lots of wise people, but only a few of them can compare to Confucius. He gives us these 10 lessons, 10 seeds of wisdom. Be patient and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

Confucius was one of the most important Chinese philosophers in history and changed the way of thinking in East Asia for good. His philosophy emphasised on morals, the relation between people, honesty and justice. His teaching was based on Confucianism philosophies. Confucius will be forever written into history with his wisdom still influencing the lifestyle of people in modern times.

No matter how slowly you are moving forward, you never stop.

Time doesn’t wait, so why should we wait? Even a small move forward is valuable. If you are still moving forward, your speed doesn’t matter, and if you have a tough time and you think you can move any further, remember Winston Churchill`s words: “When you are going through hell, don’t stop.”

Never build a friendship with a person who is not better than you.

Friendship is a relationship that can always help the both sides. Therefore, try to build friendships with people whose work you appreciate. People say that your personality is an average of the five personalities which you surround yourself with. Therefore, try to meet people who are creative and inspirational. Remember, if you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room.

Every time you feel angry, think about the consequences.

When you are angry, you lose control. Confucius warned us to prevent this. Before you lose control, think where your actions might lead.

When it is obvious you cannot reach your goal, don’t change the goal – change the steps how to reach it.

Where there is a will, there is a way. If you stay determined, you don’t need to lose your ambitious plans. All you need to do is divide your plan into smaller steps and deal with them day by day. After some time, you will either look back and rethink your strategy or reap the rewards of choosing the right steps.


If you hate someone, it means he/she beat you a long time ago.

When it is obvious you cannot reach your goal, don’t change the goal – change the steps how to reach it.One scientist proved that anger doesn’t help our body. If you let your enemies provoke you, you will already suffer. Next time, try to rise above in similar situations and simply give your opponent a smile.

A wise person looks inside himself/herself. The unwise – in others.

If you want to change the world, start from yourself. The most control you ever have is about things revolving around yourself. If you ask yourself the right questions, you can find the most important answers.

Any place you are going to, always follow your heart.

Multitasking is overrated. Most of the people are not able to focus on many things simultaneously. It is better to focus only on one thing but put your heart into it. The result will speak.  

Give this advice only the people who are looking for cognition – they have already discovered their ignorance

If you are not a big fan of “The waste of one`s breath”, forget to advise everyone. Only people who care about it, will respect you and be more grateful for the advice.

Focus on small advantages can stop bigger goals happen to you

Sometimes you need to just step away and take a wider look. If you focus only on details you will lose time and you will not be able to focus on bigger projects.

If people split at your back, it means they are behind you

Forget about insults and attacks. When you will throw a stone at every dog which barks at you, you are never going to finish. Realise that these actions are only their jealousy. They are far away from you so don’t humble to their level.


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Written by Petra K.

HAWP Project Marketing Team